Jedd Beaudoin


Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “A Musical Life,” as well as “Musical Space.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.

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Norman, Oklahoma's Helen Kelter Skelter's latest release is Melter. Once more, the band blends its psychedelic influences with deft songwriting and weighty performances. The group performs at Lucky's Everyday on Saturday, Feb. 10, with Cartwheel and Milkwave.

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Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League gathers a wide range of influences under its musical tent, though gypsy jazz remains one of the most prominent occupants. Born from a longstanding friendship between guitarist Daniel Rosen and violinist Jonathan Halquist, the group makes its first Wichita appearance Friday, Feb. 9, at Barleycorn's with Carrie Nation and The Speakeasy.

Jedd Beaudoin: When this band came together, did you have conversations about the musical direction?

KMUW Music is celebrating the music of love this Valentine's Day. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train on Wednesday, February 14, from 7:00 p.m. to midnight for the annual special feature.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

KMUW Music presents the annual Mardi Gras special feature on Tuesday, February 13. Tune in to Global Village, Strange Currency and Night Train from 7:00 p.m. to midnight to celebrate Fat Tuesday.

  • Global Village | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Strange Currency | 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Night Train | 10:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Joey Pippin

Neal Morse’s latest release, Life & Times, due out February 16 via Radiant Records, is rich with examples of his work as a vocalist and lyricist with breezy compositions that speak to his California roots. “Livin’ Lightly” brims with optimism and hope while others, such as “Selfie in the Square” and “You + Me+ Everything” are unabashed love songs. He does pause for darker fare, such as the moving “He Died at Home,” inspired by the suicide of a military veteran, its title a line that has become commonplace in soldier obituaries. 

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After 20 years, Avenged Sevenfold continues to grow its fan base around the globe.

Later this year, the veteran act will headline the prestigious Download Festival, while 2017 saw the group earn its first-ever Grammy nomination for the title track for the most recent Avenged Sevenfold album, The Stage.

The group is currently on tour, headlining over Breaking Benjamin and Bullet For My Valentine. Avenged Sevenfold performs at Intrust Bank Arena on Tuesday, Feb. 6.

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When Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle announced the end of their musical partnership in 2017, few doubted that either would make music again.

Arbuckle formed Dustin Arbuckle & The Damnations with former M&A drummer Kendall Newby and gigged with his long-term acoustic project Haymakers.

Moreland, as he had promised, spent time with his family and contemplated his next move.

Weston Townsley

Weston Townsley plays drums with Not Cops and The Somber Arrows. He is also a photographer and sous chef at Siena Tuscan Steakhouse.

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Old News releases its latest EP, Castro, on Friday, Feb. 2. The band will celebrate with an all-ages performance at The Donut Whole. Guitarist and vocalist Beau Harris says that the EP reflects a number of changes within the band and its circumstances since the first Old News release, 2017's Consolation Prize. Joining Harris on this recording are Sutton Wilson (trumpet), Blaine Martin (bass) and Max Abood (drums, percussion).

Jedd Beaudoin: What's happened between the last EP and this new one?

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Monday, February 5

Best known for his work with progressive rock bands such as Transatlantic and Spock’s Beard, Neal Morse began his career as a singer-songwriter. He returns to that form on a new solo release titled Life & Times. Focusing on familiar themes of family and faith, the album is a deeply accessible portrait of the artist in 2018. We’ll hear selections from that release plus music from Kevin Gilbert’s Thud.

Tuesday, February 6

Formed in 1978, Terminal Mind was one of Austin, Texas’s first punk bands. A new compilation, titled Recordings provides listeners with a glimpse of what made the group one of the most talked about in that scene. Listen for music from that release as well as selections from The Embarrassment.

Wednesday, February 7

Listen for music from Busted Jukebox Volume 2 from Shovels & Rope, featuring covers of songs from Concrete Blonde, Faith No More and Willie Nelson plus guest appearances from John Moreland, Nicole Atkins and others.

Thursday, February 8

We’ll hear selections from the recent self-titled release by Texas-based band Motorcade as well as music from Captain Squeegee.

Friday, February 9

In the late 1990s, Mark Deutrom found himself without a regular gig. Having been dismissed from his longtime post in the Melvins, Deutrom recorded an eclectic solo LP titled The Silent Treatment. We’ll hear selections from that release on this episode plus music from Rough Mix, the 1977 collaboration between Who guitarist Pete Townshend and Faces’ bassist Ronnie Lane.

Saturday, February 10

Break Apart is the new release from folk-inflected collective Tenderfoot. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from John Grant’s Queen of Denmark.